Bashar al-Assad

Syria Says it Rejects Aleppo Ceasefire if Rebels Remain

BEIRUT, Dec 6 – Syria rejects any ceasefire negotiated by any party in rebel-held eastern Aleppo unless what it describes as terrorist groups there depart, its Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday in a statement carried by state media. Moscow said on Monday that Russian and U.S. officials would meet this week to discuss a possible

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Syria Denounces Qatar for Saying it Will Continue to Back Rebels

BEIRUT, Nov 28  – Syria’s Foreign Ministry on Monday denounced comments by Qatar that it will continue to back rebels against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as merely an attempt “to raise the morale of the terrorist groups” in the face of army advances. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told Reuters in an

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Syrian Rebels Hand In Heavy Weapons in Besieged Damascus Town

BEIRUT, Nov 27 – Syrian rebels handed in their heavy weapons in a town southwest of Damascus, on Sunday, as part of a deal they have made with the government to get safe passage to insurgent-controlled areas, state-affiliated media said. Through a series of so-called “settlement” agreements and army offensives, the Syrian government, backed by

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Closer Moscow Ties Don’t Change Turkey’s Stance on Assad – Deputy PM

By Karin Strohecker LONDON, Nov 26 – Turkey’s rapprochement with Russia has not changed Ankara’s position that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go to restore peace in the country, Turkish deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Saturday. Russia is Assad’s main military backer while Turkey backs the rebels fighting to oust him in the

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Two New Rebel Evacuation Deals Near Damascus – Monitor

BEIRUT, Nov 26 – Two deals to evacuate rebels and their weapons from parts of the Damascus suburbs have been reached, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday, as government attacks on the remaining opposition-held areas around the capital intensify. The evacuation deals are part of the Syrian government’s attempts to conclude local

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“White Helmets” Say Aleppo Residents Ten Days from Starvation

By Alistair Scrutton STOCKHOLM, Nov 24 – The inhabitants of besieged rebel-held eastern Aleppo have fewer than ten days to receive aid or face starvation and death from a lack of medical supplies, the head of the Syria Civil Defence, or “White Helmets”, said on Thursday. The volunteer group which works in opposition-held territory and

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Syria Tells Russia it Needs Fuel and Wheat, Wants More Trade

BEIRUT, Nov 22 – Syria needs wheat and fuel to alleviate shortages and suffering caused by its civil war and wants to expand trade ties with Russia, the Syrian government told a high-level Russian delegation on Tuesday. An ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia launched air strikes to support his forces against anti-government rebels

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Obama Offers Bleak Assessment of Situation in Syria

By Jeff Mason LIMA, Nov 21 – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Sunday that chaos in Syria could persist for “quite some time” and that Russian and Iranian support for President Bashar al-Assad’s air campaign had emboldened the Syrian leader’s crackdown on rebels. “I am not optimistic about the short-term prospects in Syria,” Obama

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